Tokyo train fire: suspect arrested in knife attack
The man told investigators he “wanted to kill people and be sentenced to death” and hoped to kill at least two people, police said.
He was arrested at the scene by Tokyo Metropolitan Police on suspicion of attempted murder.
According to the Japanese public broadcaster NHK, the suspect was arrested after brandishing a knife and lighting a moving train at around 8 p.m. (7 a.m. ET) near Kokuryo station in Chofu town. The train was bound for Shinjuku station.
The alleged assailant used lighter fluid, causing a brief rise in large flames and burning some seats, NHK reported citing police.
At least one passenger – a 70-year-old man – is in critical condition after being stabbed in the chest, police said.
In August, 10 passengers on a train in Tokyo were stabbed by a man with a knife, according to Tokyo firefighters. The suspect then went to a convenience store, NHK reported at the time. Tokyo Metropolitan Police said the man confessed he “just wanted to kill any woman who looked happy, anyone,” NHK reported.
And in June 2008, a man in a light truck entered a crowd in the popular Akihabara district of Tokyo, then jumped out of the vehicle and started stabbing pedestrians, killing seven people.
Japan – a country considered one of the safest in the world – strictly regulates guns. It is illegal for people to carry a pocket knife, craft knife, hunting knife or cutter in public, according to the US State Department.
CNN’s Yoko Wakatsuki and Miki Lendon contributed reporting.